The MINI countryman is now rather nicked SUV alternative for lifestyle-conscious as a wholly small car. From the origin idea of a compact wusler with the "gokart feeling" cited almost to death, the mini-SUV has meanwhile far away.
Mini has cleared the model range significantly: incrow models such as the roadster and the coupe, but also the paceman disappear from the offer, the countryman stays. No wonder, in the continuing SUV trend and the previous sales figures: since 2010, 550.000 motorists for the crossover model decided. This number should still be overbood with the new generation. Thus, the countryman is an important saule of mini-growth that 2017 the record year 2016 with worldwide over 360.000 sold models should be put into the shadow. In order to satisfy the increased challenge in the sales figures, one believes that the contryman must be massive. Out comes a kind of compromise.
With the standard steel chassis and the 18 inch tires, the second generation of the mini-suvs is no gentle, but far not feathers as stobig as the transaction. Crunchy is the sports suspension, and all alternatives offer adaptive steamer (500 euros).
Where remains the punch?
No matter how the chassis is configured, the typical punch of a cooper S has been lost in the new countryman despite the power of 141 kw / 192 hp. In sports driving mode, the eight-speed automatic with many shifts and extracting the engine is about dynamics. But that works rather strensly as athletic. If you are looking for more serves, should wait for the john cooper works version that stands together with the plug-in hybrids from june at the handler.
No wonder, weighing a weight of 1530 kilograms and a long of 4.30 meters (20 centimeters more than the process) is the countryman rather decorated SUV alternative for lifestyle-conscious as a wholly small car. From the origin idea of a dye flat flitzer, the mini-SUV is now far away. Growth is based on the common UKL platform, which he shares with the hunchful kinship BMW X1 and BMW 2er active tourer.
The optional four-wheel drive helps the high-legged mini both around fast curves as well as off the strain. Where only a few riders will scare the countryman into the landing. The four-wheel drive acts according to the slope-on principle: normally, for example when straight ahead on the highway, it only drives the front axle. If necessary, the rear axle helps. A maximum of 50 percent of the driving force back.